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    Namibia 2017, Shakedown. Literally.

    So day one lived up to its expectations. Last year we lost a gear lever, this year an alternator inspection cover. But we made a plan and the show goes on. Blistering sandstorm and some serious cross winds, we managed the 150km to our awesome destination, Canyon Village. 1290 is just sublime in these conditions, lovin it!  

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    Namibia 2017, Sandmonster bites.

    A beautiful morning rudely interrupted by the sand monster claiming one of our party. Fortunately he is ok, but on his way back to Cape Town with a suspected shoulder injury. Despite the setback, another great days riding. Stayed at Tsauchab again, always a winner, great braai with the lads with heated debate solving the world problems. 1290 soaking up everything that crosses its path, absorbing harsh impacts, sand and crossing middle mannetjies without fuss. Suspension firm but comfortable, redesigned screen providing more than adequate wind protection, with ample visibility. Tested front brakes, abs in offroad mode, by grabbing a handful each time i stopped, crazy g-force as the bike rapidly comes to…

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    Namibia 2017, Swakopmund

    Turns out Ed has a broken upper arm, but is safely back in Cape Town with his family. His bike will return to Cape Town in two weeks when his rescuer travels down to collect his restored Africa Twin. Love the way these things have a way of working themselves out! Forgot to mention the value of having a Satellite phone on these trips. Also helps when one of the party have a brother in law just 60km, as the crow flies, from the incident. Seriously, Satellite phone well worth the investment, safety first! Omlette at Tsauchab was worth a pic and the ride. Delicious. Tank slapper early in the day got my…

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    Namibia 2017, Grootberg

    Delayed start to the day while we waited for Duneworx Yamaha to open, so I could fit a new tyre. Good thing as laundry was still wet from the previous day. Dropped with housekeeping to tumble dry while we feasted at breakfast which looked more like a desert table! Rushed off to Yamaha just on time, while the General and Andy exchanged expletives with a local after remarking on his interpretation of the traffic rules. Sure its not the first time The General has been told to go back to his own country, in his defense the signs were very confusing and I did imagine I was in Munich for a second as…

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    Namibia 2017, Tyred

    Yesterday Namibia fed us Lemons, so we made Lemonade. We also made a public service video of it, “Changing tyres by Committee!” With knobblies already shearing off The Generals front tyre, punctures were no surprise. Although a punctured rear was! Very quickly the committee agreed to swap Andy 990 (tube) rear Mitas EO7 with Martins 1190 (tubeliss), hoping that gator and tube would make Eupupa Falls, and it did. We have reached the halfway point and Spirits (read Vodka levels) are high. In fact, im starting to feel like a Russain! Epupa falls are spectacular, albeit low, well worth the effort of getting here. This morning we start our return journey, bitter sweet.…